How to bake chicken

Baked chicken is a great dish that appears sophisticated, healthy and delicious. It can easily be the star at any dinner party. Learning how to bake chicken only takes a few steps and can be mastered with practice. 

What you will need:

· Chicken pieces
· Marinade of choice
· Seasoning
· Olive oil (optional)
· Large resealable bag or bowl
· Oven safe dish
· Aluminum foil
· Meat thermometer (optional)

Procedure

1. Prepare the chicken

· Defrost the chicken if needed. If you are using chicken straight from the grocery or market, you can skip this step.
· Rinse the chicken pieces in cold water make it free from preservatives due to packaging.
· Trim off fat, skin or unsightly veins using a pair of kitchen scissors if you wish.
· Pat the chicken pieces dry using a clean paper towel.
· Put the chicken pieces on the bowl or inside the resealable bag.
· Pour your marinade over the chicken and make sure the pieces are soaked well.
· Cover the bowl or seal the bag.
· Let the chicken sit in the fridge for about 2 hours. The longer it stays soaked, the more flavorful your baked chicken will be.

2. Preheat the oven.

· Use 350 degrees Fahrenheit if the pieces are bones or if it is chicken breast fillet.
· Use 400 degrees Fahrenheit if the chicken pieces have bones.

3. Prepare the baking dish.

· Line the baking dish with aluminum foil.
· Use non-stick cooking spray to coat the foil to make it easy to remove the chicken later.

4. Put the chicken on the dish.

· Brush the chicken with olive oil if you want a crispy outer layer.
· Season to taste.

5. Pop in the oven.

· Baking time ranges from 20-30 minutes, depending on the number of pieces and if they have bones.
· To see if chicken is fully cooked, insert a meat thermometer into the center of one chicken piece. The reading should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
· Alternatively, check for the color of the liquid oozing out of the chicken. If it is fully cooked, the liquid should be clear.

6. Take the chicken out of the oven.

7. Allow the chicken to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

· This helps the flavour settle and for the cooking process to finish.
· Remove the chicken from the baking dish before serving.

Tips

· It is very important that the chicken meat is thoroughly cooked. If there are still pink parts when the chicken is cut, put it back in the oven. Raw chicken is a carrier of salmonella.
· Keep the chicken drippings (liquid that comes out when baking) because it can be used for making gravy.

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